A Review of State Consumer Health Care Cost Websites

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A Review of State Consumer Health Care Cost Websites

  1. 1. A Census of State Consumer Health Care Cost Websites
  2. 2. BackgroundHigh Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) • Relatively low premiums • $1,200 minimum for single deductible, and minimum of $2,400 for family deductible • Can be linked to Health Savings Accounts (HSA) • Tax-advantaged medical savings account • Consumer driven health care
  3. 3. HDHPs may attract……The Young and Healthy …Those approaching …The Money Savvy Medicare age
  4. 4. Concerns about HDHPs• Foregone care • Lack of cost transparency • Financial burden
  5. 5. The Study…Growing enrollment in HDHPs calls for more transparency.Consumers can’t make informed decisions without the necessaryinformation.What information is available?
  6. 6. The Goal…• Identify the number of state consumer health care costs websites• Document and describe the information on these websites• Determine the effectiveness of these websites to properly provide consumers with cost transparency
  7. 7. Data Collection Process
  8. 8. REDCap
  9. 9. Online Search• Google search: • Chose 10 key terms (e.g. “California health care costs”) • Went through first 100 websites• National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL) article• State Hospital Associations• State Departments of Insurance• State Departments of Social Services• State Departments of Health
  10. 10. My Role• Worked on creation of the REDCap database and survey instrument• Developed and refined the search strategy• Searched online for health care cost websites• Catalogued the information contained in the health care cost websites
  11. 11. FindingsPreliminary findings suggest that there is a lackof consumer health care cost websitesavailable:• Many states do not have any applicable websites• Most states have very few available websites• Many websites we found were not targeted for consumers
  12. 12. Florida California
  13. 13. Lessons Learned• Research is a process• Change is inevitable• Persistence is crucial

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